|Availability||National (broadcast, cable, satellite)|
|Founded||by Oral Roberts|
|Slogan||"Helping You Live Well - Spirit, Mind & Body"|
|Headquarters||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Owner||Oral Roberts University|
|Key people||Ossie Mills (President)
Amy Calvert (General Manager)
|Launch date||January 24, 1996|
|Former names||Golden Eagle Broadcasting|
|Formerly called||Golden Eagle Broadcasting|
|KGEB||Channel 53 (Tulsa, Oklahoma)|
|DirecTV||363, C-Band SES-1|
|Available on select cable systems||Check local listings|
GEB America (formerly known as Golden Eagle Broadcasting) is a digital satellite television network, which airs primarily Christian and family safe programming. Oral Roberts founded it in 1996. GEB America is owned by Oral Roberts University and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
On January 24, 1996, KWMJ TV-53 Tulsa began airing with 24-hour programming. The launch of KWMJ TV-53 included programming like Oral Roberts's “Chronicles of Faith,” which was a 30-minute program showing footage from his tent crusades and the Oral Roberts University Chapel. The first live chapel aired on January 26, 1996.
On November 1, 1998, Golden Eagle Broadcasting was picked up by stations and viewers across the country and the world via television and the internet. By November 29, 1999, KWMJ TV-53 became KGEB TV-53, the flagship affiliate of Golden Eagle Broadcasting. In 2003, KGEB became the digital channel, KGEB-DT.
On June 23, 2010, Golden Eagle Broadcasting Network was added to DirecTV. On October 1, 2012, Golden Eagle Broadcasting changed its name to GEB America as an integrated identity for broadcast, internet, and social media. In August 2013, GEB America released its first smartphone app for iPhone and Android devices, allowing live streaming access as well as the program schedule and the Living Well podcast.
GEB America provides Christian and what it describes as family safe programming, with programmers such as:
- Oral Roberts University Chapel Services
- Joyce Meyer Enjoying Everyday Life
- Dr. Charles Stanley
- Joel Osteen
- World Impact with Billy Wilson
- Victory in Jesus with Sharon Daugherty
- NCAA Division 1 Oral Roberts University Basketball
- Gary Keesee
- Joseph Prince
- The Blessed Life with Robert Morris
- Sid Roth's It's Supernatural'
- Creflo Dollar
- Jim Bakker
- Rod Parsley
- Kenneth Copeland
- David Jeremiah
- Perry Stone
- International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
- James Robison
- Keith Moore
- Mark Crow
- Andrew Wommack
Ossie Mills is the president of GEB America. He is also Executive Vice President of University Advancement at ORU and was previously the Executive Vice President at Inspiration Network. Amy Calvert, the general manager, previously worked with TV Guide Network, KJRH-TV, and KTUL in Tulsa. Bill Lee, the director of engineering, also holds posts at ORU and formerly with Oral Roberts Ministries.
Charitable and humanitarian initiatives
GEB America offers internships for ORU and other college students.
On May 20, 2013, Moore, Oklahoma and surrounding areas were devastated by the violent 2013 Moore tornado. GEB America partnered with ORU and Convoy of Hope to help relieve Oklahomans in need. GEB America also was instrumental in getting the story out nationwide via their television network.
GEB America studios are headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Mabee Center on the ORU campus. Several programs like Big 12 Conference, Deborah Sweetin, Tom Leding, and Hellen Thomas are recorded on-site in various studios. GEB America also airs live and syndicated Oral Roberts Golden Eagles basketball games. The Mabee Center and GEB America have partnered together several times for special events. On October 13, 2013, GEB America was a sponsor at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. The Mabee Center was one of the members that were inducted into the 2013 class.
Awards and recognition
In 2013, the National Religious Broadcasters Association nominated GEB America for two awards at the 2014 NRB Media Awards. GEB won the Best TV Public Service Announcement and was also nominated for Station of the Year.
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